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Third Wild Population of the Puerto Rican parrot

   *Comment period ended December 21, 2013

     Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata)    

    Photo by: Jesús Ríos, USFWS                        Photo by: Pablo Torres Báez, USFWS                       Photo by: Jesús Ríos, USFWS

Once abundant and widespread throughout the Puerto Rican archipelago, the Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) is presently one of the 10 most endangered birds in the world. Habitat loss together with natural enemies is considered among the major causes for the precipitous decline of the species during the 20th century. Currently, a single wild population of 20-25 individuals survives in the El Yunque National Forest and a population of 55-112 individuals near the Río Abajo Commonwealth forest. The Puerto Rican parrot is currently listed as endangered.

The purpose of the proposed federal action presented in the Draft Environmental Assessment is to implement recovery actions that will help achieve the recovery of the Puerto Rican parrot. Specifically, the goals are to downlist and then delist the species, and assure its long-term viability in the wild. The Draft Environmental Assessment considers a range of reintroduction alternative sites that were evaluated by a interagency work group composed by experts from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the USFWS. The document presents as the preferred alternative the reintroduction of the Puerto Rican parrot at the Maricao Commonwealth State Forest in the Municipalities of San Germán, Maricao and Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. Read Press Release (November 21, 2013)>>


Comments must be submitted by U.S. mail, hand delivered or by email to the following addresses:

*The 30-day pubic comment period on this proposed action is under way and will continue until December 21, 2013. Comments and supporting information received and post marked on or before that date will be accepted; those submitted electronically must be stamped by 11:59pm Eastern Time on that date.

Mailing Address:

Marisel López Flores

Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program

PO Box 1600

Río Grande, P.R. 00745

Physical Address:

Calle García de la Noceda, Local 38

Río Grande, P.R. 00745

Email Address:


For more information regarding the reintroduction of the third wild population of the Puerto Rican parrot click on the following links:

Draft EA for reintroduction of third population >> PDF version (792KB)

Third Population Reintroduction Site Evaluation >> PDF version (127KB)

Press Release for third population >> PDF version (14KB)

Comunicado de Prensa tercera población >> PDF version (102KB)


Last updated: May 21, 2014